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Tea with AK71: Mahjong RubiksCube.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

I had lunch with an old friend whom I have known for more than 20 years. As we grow older, we grow more sentimental, perhaps. After lunch, I decided to walk into a shop selling comics and knick knacks. It is a shop I enjoyed going to frequently in my younger days. Just when I thought there's nothing interesting enough for me to buy, this caught my eyes!

The RubiksCube was first introduced when I was in primary school, I think. See how it has evolved? Amazing! My friend opened his, I scrambled it up and he tried to put it back together again. It is much more difficult compared to the old cube with solid colors.

We have to make sure that the 6 sides each has the correct family of symbols AND the symbols have to be in sequence if numbers are involved (as in the TONG ZI, WAN ZI and TIAO ZI) AND the right side up (this applies to all sides, the other three sides being HONG ZHONG, BAI BAN and FA CAI)! Wah!

A small detail on the packaging caught my eyes too. Why does one say for ages 3 to adult and another, ages 8 to adult? Hmmm... Maybe, I am not smart enough to comprehend this. Made in China, where else? ;p


Anonymous said...

Haha! So cute!


AK71 said...

Hi Isaac,

I find it most amusing... until we tried returning it to the original arrangement after scrambling it. Haha... ;)

reanaclaire said...

hello..first time coming by.. guess mahjong is internationally known now..

AK71 said...

Hi reanaclaire,

Thanks for dropping by. Yah, I know even Caucasians are picking up the game which has gained a reputation for keeping the mind sharp and Alzheimer's at bay! ;)

Anonymous said...


not only alzheimer's and keeping mind sharp, it's also a wealth redistribution game during CNY ;)


AK71 said...

Hi Isaac,

Let us hope that it is being distributed from the richer to the poorer and no the other way round. ;-)

yyt said...

My friends got me the same thing for my birthday! Haha

Love the game and the trash talking that goes along with it. LOL

AK71 said...

Hi yyt,

I tried to reform all the FA CAIs first. Most important for me. ;-p

Huat ah! :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this idea AK. I know the gift for my colleuges in head office when I next visit them.


AK71 said...

Hi SnOOpy168,

Glad to share my little discovery. Haha.. Cute cube! Yes, just thought of this. Catchy, isn't it? Cute cube! Mahjong in a cube! :)

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